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Mentoring for Independence

Mentoring for Independence supports young people between 13 and 25 years old, to learn independent living skills, through transition of being a child, to becoming a young adult. Young people will gain confidence, self esteem, friendships, practical and emotional support, in a safe, flexible, friendly and fun environment.

This will be achieved through sessions focussing on a number of areas that the young people will find invaluable in developing their independence ensuring greater choice and control.

Skills include:
• Travel Training
• Cooking
• Budgeting
• Personal Care
• Social Awareness

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(This is Martin using the Wii)

The bespoke project is usually delivered via 2/3 hour sessions from our truly accessible premises at West Lodge, which has been redesigned by the young people that use it. A usual session includes support from our experienced staff and the use of the buildings resources e.g. Accessible kitchen, computers, and Nintendo Wii in our chill out room. Sessions are also planned away from the venue by the young people as part of their continual development.

Sessions often run after school or college; however they are also available during the day, as well as throughout the school/college holidays, and evenings and weekends, with the chance to access further social and leisure opportunities. There may be an additional cost to access these activities.

You may be able to access MFI following a Community Care assessment, Children’s short break funding, through a Direct Payment, or alternatively through private payments. We always look forward to hearing from new potential participants. If you would like to learn more about Mentoring for Independence, how to become a participant, speak to previous participants or simply arrange a visit please go to the contact us page.

Registered Charity No. 1125848. Company No. 6688735

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